Culture & Community Circle 

Spring 2022

Upcoming Events:

To join any of the Culture and Community Circle workshops, download the flyer and click on the zoom link to register.


Black Success

May 4, 2022 | 9:00 to 10:00 am

Presented by: Halima Eid and Kanisha Wilson

This workshop will highlight the positive aspects of success for Black students and challenging fears in striving for more despite the barriers that can rise.

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Amapola Periodismo Project

Photographic Exhibit, Presentation and Community Dialogues

May 5, 2022 | 5:00 to 8:00 pm

(Event will be presented on-campus and through a livestream)

Amapola.Periodismo Transgresor is an independent digital media site collective based in Chilpancingo, the capital of the state of Guerrero, located in the southern region of México.

On-campus event at the Digital Theater. (Guests will need to RSVP with the link below and provide vaccine documentation.)

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Challenging Perfectionism in Education 

May 6, 2022 | 9:30-10:30 am

Presented by: Halima Eid

This is an interactive workshop that focuses on how perfectionism shows up for college students and how it is connected to anxiety and depression. 

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Coming into Queerness

May 6, 2022 | 11:00 am to Noon

Presented by: Dawn Freeman

Learn and discuss the challenges affecting mental health within the queer community specifically surrounding mental health stigma, coming into our identities, and receiving familial / peer support.

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Model Minority Myth + Colonial Mentality

May 10, 2022 | 2:00 to 3:00 pm

Presented by: Jason Astorga and Daniel Fernandez

Hear about what Asian-American students commonly struggle with: striving for perfection. How can Asian-American students cope with high expectations? Come learn and be a part of the conversation!

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Career Services Workshop

May 11, 2022 | 4:00 to 5:00 pm

What does it look like when your values, practices, and identity conflict with the weighty word, “professional”? Does it require compromise or can both co-exist? In this workshop we’ll discuss how to be confident in your own identity and simultaneously progress in a successful career.

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Asian Americans and Mental Health

May 12, 2022 | 10:00 to 11:00 am

Presented by: Marc Pescadera, MS

This workshop will include a very brief historical outline of Asian & Pacific Islander populations in the US.  We will discuss and address challenges in mental health such as: the model minority myth, cultural stigmas, family dynamics and discrimination. 

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Students and Mental Health 

May 12, 2022 | 4:00 to 5:00 pm

Presented by: Jason Astorga and Daniel Fernandez

Hear about social timelines, imposter syndrome, signs of anxiety, and coping skills!

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Mental Health in the Filipino American Community

May 16, 2022 | 2:30 to 3:30 pm

Presented by: Dr. Rhoda Carino Diokno

This workshop will focus on mental health in the Filipino American community. Participants will gain awareness to the unique mental health needs of this population. This presentation will include resources to help increase access to mental health treatment among community members. 

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The Filipina/o/x American Diaspora 

May 17, 2022 | 9:30 to 10:30 am

Presented by: James Diokno

The Filipina/o/x American Diaspora This workshop will present an overview of one of the fastest growing ethnic groups in the US and in California. Special emphasis will be given on understanding why this community has been established in the US, the challenges we have faced, and contributions of our community to the United States. The presentation welcomes questions and interactive dialogue! 

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Open Mic

May 19, 2022 | 1:00 to 2:00 pm

Presented by: Karen Marrujo, Instructor, Cuyamaca College

Come celebrate the power of our individual voices. Share any of your work, thoughts, or interests by taking the mic or just drop in to listen or make new friends.

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Safe Zones Training

College Hour Program

May 25, 2022 | 12:00 to 2:00 pm

Presented by: Tania Jabour, Nancy Jennings, Moriah Gonzalez-Meeks, and  Agustin Orozco

The Safe Zones training program is an ally training that brings awareness of LGBTQIA issues and provides insight on improving campus climate. Participants will have the opportunity to become allies after completing the training.

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February College Hour - The Sounds of Blackness 

The Sounds of Blackness PDF






Previous Culture and Community Circle Events



Dissecting Equity: The Legacy of the 20th Century Civil Rights Movement

Presented by:  Yaa Faraji


Buffalo Soldiers & Insurrectos: African American Soldiers, Race, & the Philippine American War

Presented by: James Diokno

Women’s History Panel

Presented by: Moriah Gozalez-Meeks, Instructor, Cuyamaca and Marissa Salazar, Instructor, Cuyamaca College


A (Her)story of Care: Filipina Nurses in the US

Presented by: James Diokno, Instructor, Cuyamaca College


 Women Mentoring Women: Mentoring and Fostering Relations are a Key to Your Success

Presented by: Dr. Kimberely Fletcher, Instructor, SDSU